This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.
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Very Positive (211 reviews) - 93% of the 211 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (30,893 reviews) - 97% of the 30,893 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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About This Game

****New Content Available****
The free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, is available now! Content additions include: new alien race, events, weapons, playable ships, drones, and more! Also adds additional musical tracks by Ben Prunty, and events by Tom Jubert and guest writer Chris Avellone.

If you already own FTL it should update the new content automatically. Advanced Edition is included free for anyone who purchases the game from this point forward.

In FTL you experience the atmosphere of running a spaceship trying to save the galaxy. It's a dangerous mission, with every encounter presenting a unique challenge with multiple solutions. What will you do if a heavy missile barrage shuts down your shields? Reroute all power to the engines in an attempt to escape, power up additional weapons to blow your enemy out of the sky, or take the fight to them with a boarding party? This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.

Key Features:

  • Complex Strategic Gameplay - Give orders to your crew, manage ship power distribution and choose weapon targets in the heat of battle.
  • Play at Your Own Speed - Pause the game mid-combat to evaluate your strategy and give orders.
  • Unique Lifeforms and Technology – Upgrade your ship and unlock new ones with the help of six diverse alien races.
  • Be the Captain You Want - Hundreds of text based encounters will force you to make tough decisions.
  • Randomized Galaxy - Each play-through will feature different enemies, events, and results to your decisions. No two play-throughs will be quite the same.
  • No Second Chances! - Permadeath means when you die, there's no coming back. The constant threat of defeat adds importance and tension to every action.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive:175 MB HD space
    Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6 or above
    • Processor:Intel 2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive:175 MB HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 175 MB HD space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Tough game. Very fulfilling when you have a game where evrything lines up[ just right and you really get far. Closest thing to feeling like a Star trek captian available.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
So I have 16.5 hrs on record. I haven't beaten the game. I'm probably never gonna beat the game. Sometimes the RNG punches you in the throat. Most of the time the RNG punches you in the throat. But that's okay because the fun part is trying.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
109.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Super addicting Sci-Fi Roguelike.

Easy to learn, very hard to master.

Combat is tactical and engaging. Plot and lore interesting. And plenty of opportunity to role-play.

If you ever wanted to play your own personal Captain Picard, give this game a shot.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Spaceship roguelike that'll make you scream various swears as RNG kicks your head in, then start another run because its addictive.

Giant alien spiders are no joke.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
158.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
With 30k+ reviews and 97% thumbs up, I would say even if it doesn't look like all that much fun watching the videos it's worth picking up to see if you like it.

I picked this game up a couple of years ago and seem to come back to it now and it again - it's truly a gem. With an incredible mod community (Captain's Edition + Better Planets/Backgrounds, Endless Pace) you have so much content for $10 that you will get your money's worth 10x over.

Be warned, this is the kind of game where you'll find yourself telling yourself "ok, just one more jump/finsih the sector/get to the quest marker and then I'll go to bed" and find yourself up to 2:30 in the morning.

I really can' t recommend this game strongly enough
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
276.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
What's a good way to sum up this roguelike spaceship simulator?

Well, in one moment you could get very lucky in acquiring hefty scraps rewards, new crewmen, even say augments or weapons that give you a better chance at surviving to the end of the game. In another moment, you could be suffering the loss of a crewman through an event or be taking on the wrong kind of ship in the wrong type of environment... where you either win with heavy ship damages/casualties or lose in a very horrific fashion.

See, this is FTL: Faster Than Light in a nutshell... a game where you play as a Federation Crusier on a mission back to deliver something to HQ while outrunning the Rebel Army within different sectors that has a lot things that are probably going to kill you if you're not lucky/prepared. Now much of this game revolves around a few things: luck, how well you can operate within different given situations, and what your style of ship-to-ship combat pertains to. A game like this, I feel at least, will sometimes be more luck-driven than as to how well you can handle a given situation. Of course, if you have certain augments/crewmen/weapons/etc when you arrive at some certain events, it can make traveling through the various sectors that you will come across a heck of a lot easier.

Something to note: As with many roguelikes, you have to constantly stay ahead of the Rebel Army, indicated by a massive wall on your ship's radar as you jump from beacon to beacon within each sector. Now I don't think I need to say this, but it is ill advised to go straight to the exit of each sector. If you want to make it all the way to endgame, you must explore as much of the sector as possible while staying ahead of the Rebel Army before you're forced to leave the sector at the exit beacon. Doing this, you can get the most out of each sector in terms of scraps (among other things) to help upgrade your ship as well as buy weapons, augments, ship systems, and various other things from shops that you will come across.

Word of warning: Make sure you plot your course through each sector thoroughly so that you will reach the exit while getting as much out the sector as possible... otherwise you may end up at dead-end points which will severely hamper your progress... or worse make you backtrack through the Rebel Fighter ships of the Rebel Army... which, to keep in mind, they do NOT mess around. Also, keep in mind of what sectors you visit... because each one has their own events, enemy ships, and hazards to deal with. Engi Sectors, for example, have ships that are bad to go against if you're particularly fond of using drones, Zoltan Sectors have you, more often than not, dealing with Zoltan Ships that have Super Shields that can't easily be bypassed with teleporters (unless you're on the Advanced Edition which offers a specific bypass augment), Mantis Sectors has you against ships that will try to board and kill off your crew, and so on and so forth.

If you're lucky though, you may come across specific events that will help you in unlocking newer ships (which can alternatively be done for each one by beating the game with a specific ship)... which for some is easy to do, and others are easier said than done. Each starting ship that you unlock have different perks, advantages, etc. that can offer a different and unique experience to the game.

I'm rambling at this point... so do I recommend this game? Sure, why not. If you like the notorious roguelike genre of games, I'd say go for it... it's worth the money, and you'll likely be spending hours upon hours unlocking each type of ship while taking on the different challenges that the game has to offer... while likely experiencing some frustrating difficulty spikes during gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Remember the old text based adventures that were choice based? Probably not.
But FTL is kinda like that only that you gain some level of control over your fate. A lot of things are randomly generated so you can't really plan ahead.

You are the mastermind of a ship and its crew, you are fighting against time to get across space. In order to survive the many ordeals of spacefaring you need to get money to recruit people, buy fuel, missiles and ship parts. You can also flat out upgrade the ship and the parts you own. But since you can't plan ahead you never know what you need, and neither are the shop offering the same items or are in the same place. So that's a game of dice.

In the end you will most likely die on your way to the goal, but you learned some sort of valuable lesson, probably.
You will feel frustrated but also ready to get right up in the saddle and try again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
103.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
FTL is an impressive indie title which grasps players by the neck and makes them sweat with every decision as they are thrust into the threshold of space.

FTL's Soundtrack is incredibly well done. It has a retro style to it, but that doesn't mean it is cheap. Far from it, actually, as the soundtrack professionally weaves emotions of adventure, battle, and most of all, going against all odds as you survive against the difficulty of your journey. This can be noticed as you can hear the happier, adventurerous themes while you explore the systems, or the intensity of the final battle, amplified by the drums. Also the overall melody of the soundtrack feels like something straight out of a space adventure, which helps it develop a little bit more of a personality, a personality, which, most games seem to have left behind.

FTL's Graphical style is unique, it's top down and you see into the ship, and the characters are little sprites. At release, it was interesting to see a game go back to this style, and going back to it, it actually ages quite well. It's not visually impressive, but it doesn't look bad either. Also, this means the game runs on basically anything.

The art style actually complements the gameplay, as the gameplay is the most important part of the game. Looking at the ship from a top-down perspective allows you to make tactical decisions based on the room, based on what is happening in the room, and based on who, or what, is in the room. For instance, is there a fire in the next room? Can we starve the room of oxygen to remove the fire? Can we lock the doors to keep intruders at bay and possibly kill them using the oxygen deprived environment or the raging inferno? Is the hull breached in the room, and is it safe enough to fix it before we suffer critical damage?

These are the kinds of questions you will constantly ask yourself over the course of the game, and these are the sort of questions that will keep you playing.

In FTL, you command a ship with your crew, and you may unlock more ships ( and therefore, more playstyles ), which will allow you to make completely different journeys each time, especially considering the fact that no journey will ever be the same. Each ship has a different crew, and you can even name the crew, making the experience just a little bit more personal.

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

Er, speaking of the crew, every ship needs a crew. When you lose all of your crew members, you will lose the game. You'll also lose if the ship is blown up, but that was a given.
The crew is a vital part of the gameplay experience. You'll need multiple members to utilize every system in the ship, and I'll talk about systems later. The crew is needed to repair critical damage, man systems, fight in close quarters, and participate in various events that you will encounter.

There are different species, all with different benefits. Here's a few:
Human - Trains skills faster
Rockman - No Fire Damage, 150 Health, slowed movement.
Zoltan - Provides 1 free power to room, 75 health, explodes on death.
Engi - Repairs fast, horrible at combat.

Now, these aren't all of the species, because I want to let you discover them, and because it'll be a nice surprise. Certain species can have a positive influence on events, so be sure to add a touch of diversity to the crew.

FTL has a perma-death system. There is no checkpoints. No savestates, or whatever. No going back until you die or complete your mission.
Victory or death.

So, how do you survive? This sounds tough.

Well, a big part of survival in FTL is the combat, because well, there are so many things that will try to kill you.
The weapons you have on your ship play a huge role in this, so let's list a couple to give you a good understanding.

Lasers - Simple, but effective. They are versatile, but have no particular strength. They are easily blocked by enemy shields.
Since lasers have many variations, they can be very powerful if you've got the right strategy in mind.

Missiles - This type of weapon will penetrate enemy shields and has a good chance to do some solid damage and even breach hulls, but it is easily countered by defensive drones.
These weapons consume one missile, so they are a bit costly to maintain.

Weapons aren't the only important thing in battle.

Systems are powerful additions to your arsenal, especially the essential ones. They are just as important as weapons, if not more important.
Shields and engines are the big two that will keep you alive. Shields stop damage, and engines allow you to escape and evade.
The weapons system is also important. If these don't work, you can't fight back. And if you can fight back, you'll probably die too.
You also need oxygen, because without it, the crew can't breathe, obviously, and die.
And there are also sensors, which serve as your eyes ( aside from the crew ).

Now here is where crew and systems come hand-in-hand:
Having someone man a particular system makes it work a bit better. Keeping the crew alive will reward them with expertise as they get better at what they do.
A good pilot means you can evade a bit more. Someone good at repairing can fix things faster than the regular guy.
A crew good at combat, and armed with a teleporter, can jump onto the enemy vessel and kill all of the enemy.

The importance of systems make it that much more tense in combat. Let's say, for instance, that with a couple of hits to my ship, I'm dead.
If I don't pull off the next battle like a pro, I'm done for.
Here's where systems and weapons work together to create an impressive gameplay dynamic:
I've got powerful shields that lets me absorb the enemy laser fire, but they won't hold up forever.
I've got two missiles, and two lasers, and my upgraded sensors allows me to see inside the enemy ship.
I notice that they only have two crew members for whatever reason, so I target their weapons, to keep myself alive, and then I focus on the room where the second enemy crew member is, killing him with a lucky hull breach and fire in the room.
That crew member happened to be manning the shield systems at the time, so I get to easily pound the enemy with lasers.
The last enemy, who is trying to escape, rushes to the cockpit, which I target. With the cockpit in ruins, he has to repair it before he can escape. And he can't fight back without an active weapon system.
He's done for, and for now, I live.

Let's fast forward a bit, and let's say I went into a nebula. My sensors are down, and my crew are my only eyes on the ship. Even I don't know who, or what is on my ship. We don't even have that much power to spare, so I can only power the vital systems, and only use one of my weapons.
I battle an enemy, and he takes out my shield, but I can't spare anyone to fix it because he also got lucky and hit my oxygen at the same time. Since I couldn't tell what was happening on my ship, a fire broke out and is now consuming half of my ship. My engines are burned before I can deprive the room of oxygen, and we're sitting ducks. One final laser hits my ship, and our story ends.

Another big part of survival is based on the choices you make.
In FTL, you are sometimes forced to make tough decisions that can either help you, or hurt you.
Sometimes you will ask yourself, 'Is this risk worth it? What if I lose someone?'
Sometimes you will tell yourself, 'I have to take this risk. If I don't, we're going to die.'
While some people argue that it is too luck based and random at times, I have to disagree, because this adds to the tense nature of the choices you make.
In real life, when you make a decision, you don't know what will, or could happen, and in these random events, sometimes you will come across a bit of text that reveals a bit more of the universe to you, giving the game a little bit more personality as you move faster than light.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
120.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Amazing Starship Fighting Game
Pure strategy, each ship differs in its tactics, strengths, and weaknesses.
One of the few games I would say is worthwhile buying at its full list price.

The metrics of this game are quick and easy to learn. Despite the pausing feature, battles can still be pretty hectic.
The feature of not saving more than one game at a time kinda sucks, but I understand why it has been done that way because you can't save your game and reload it in the even that you die, it adds the "every decision counts" aspect. Even if things go wrong, you don’t get that deeps angry or dissatisfaction that you just wasted X amount of time for no progress.

Its simple enough that even lesser machines can run this game easily, and their user will still enjoy the full affects of the game.

They even updated this game and added a lot of new ships, weapons and features FOR FREE. No nickel and dime ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t from this maker. I would purchase more products from this studio based on that fact alone. (if you pre-purchase games or dlc, especially dlc on a BETA version of a game, I wish bad things upon you. You are ruining the gaming world. In short, ♥♥♥♥ you, die).

The only, ONLY, ONLY thing that this game has done that I don’t like at all... no achievements... seriously, what the ♥♥♥♥ is that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. They have achievements in the game, why is that so hard to code over to steam...

I would give this a game a 9/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
First and foremost, this is an RNG game and your experience will change greatly each time you start a new game. Sometimes you will get "unlucky" and not find anything useful and end up getting destroyed, other times you will quickly get a Zoltan Shield and Ion Blaster for your Kestrel cruiser early in the game. This game is incredibly fun, although quite agonizing at times, trying to rush around putting out fires and getting your crew back to the medbay before they die. Probably one of the best games I have bought in a long time, and one I will continue to play for years.
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crabs with knives
40.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
Wondefully challenging in all of the right ways, I've been playing for 40 hours and have only beaten the game on normal. One of the best examples of learning through failure and still enjoying every moment of it. Strategy is absolutely critical and every decision you make will affect your gameplay. Even the tiniest of first-time victories are incredibly rewarding. The visuals and music are absolutely gorgeous, and completely wrap you up in a game that is so wonderfully complex yet simple. There's not much I can say that hasn't been said, FTL is essentially perfect.
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50.4 hrs
Posted: October 25
Totally love this game! I'll always play this game when I have the time. It's hard to win but its fun and challenging!
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Ferret King
168.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
168 hours in

Legitimately still haven't beaten the game

Please send help
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55.1 hrs
Posted: October 25
probably the best Star Trek game I've ever played. The world of the game feels very real dispit consisting intierly of small sprites and text boxes. the gameplay is classic real time stratagy and resurse manegment done exelently.
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The Atomik Doctor
24.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
YES. Fan of roguelikes? Like to get the most bang for your buck.

Look no further.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 24
I loved this game, play it on and off but have sunk some serious hours into it before buying. First saw it played by Nerd3 and have been playing it ever since. Good as a quick play, would reccomend to really anyone.
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160.1 hrs
Posted: October 24
A game you can keep coming back to. Well worth the price tag.
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23.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
A very good game i played it quite a lot and there are a ton of events to find some even get you new ships. 8/10
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 24
soo fun
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86.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
WTF is this 8-bit awesomeness. Damn. So good. I wish updates happened, maybe even paid DLC.
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